HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 cc91-2W
Mr. Butler

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Warrington, South of 24 February,Official Report, column 203, on the second Severn bridge, he will revise the vessels and infrastructure has been available at 50 per cent. of the gross cost of the project concerned. Prior to that date the standard rate was 30 per cent. but this was varied on occasion depending on the nature of the project. Since 1983 the Scottish Transport Group's subsidiary, Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd., have been awarded assistance from the fund as follows:

forecast in his answer of 14 December, Official Report, columns 421–22, of the level of tolls required to meet the objective of the Severn Bridge Act 1965 to take account of the forecasts of the division of traffic flow.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

When we decide that forecast traffic growth warrants the construction of the second bridge, and how it is to be financed, we shall have to consider their implications for the finances of the present crossing.